Does "Might" and "May" mean the same thing?


Hi everyone, I just joined the community, and I’m hoping somebody can educate me on the difference between might and may, or does it mean the same thing?


“I may be late”, but I can also say, “I might be late”.

“I might go to the party”, or “I may go to the party”.


All the sentences are right, and to me they mean the same thing. If any one could clarify this for me, or give me tips on how I can remember this subtle difference, it'll be really awesome. Thanks guys!

words confusion asked Aug 20 '13 at 16:12 Serene Coleman New member

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The word might has two different applications. Firstly, as a verb in the reported speech it expresses possibility. Secondly, as a noun it means strength or power.


The word may has different applications.

1. It expresses possibility.

2.It shows that someone is allowed to do something.

3. It is often used to express polite request.

4. It expresses hope.


Also note that might is the past tense of may.

I hope this helps.

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